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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Enjoy the Varied Flavours of the Yaletown String Quartet with Coffee and Commentary at Langley Concert
Celebrate the music and culture of our times with a performance of jazz, blues, rock, pop, and ethnic music. Welcome Vancouver’s own Yaletown String Quartet to Langley Community Music School’s (LCMS) Concerts Café Classico concert, with coffee and commentary, at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017.
With a focus on having fun with music, the Yaletown String Quartet will be featuring a new composition entitled Fiddleweisen, based on the famous violin virtuoso piece by Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen. This version turns the “gypsy fiddle piece into a pseudo Country and Western piece with fiddling and gypsy jazz,” says Yaletown String Quartet Violinist Mark Ferris. The concert will also include Four for Tango by famous American-Argentinian Tango composer Astor Piazzaolla, as well as three original delightful vignettes for the string quartet, derived from folk music and fiddling.
Renowned for “highly polished” and “impeccably prepared” music, the Yaletown String Quartet is appreciated by audiences for their “wonderful,” “touching” and “innovative” performances. Formed with a mutual interest in blues, jazz, and the classics, the group formed together “to break all boundaries and let the quartet explore every imaginable music style, while making it as entertaining as possible,” says Ferris.
The quartet members are Mark Ferris, violin, Cameron Wilson, violin, Henry Lee, viola, and Finn Manniche, cello. Each musician has achieved notoriety in his own right.
Violinist Mark Ferris is concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and also composes and arranges for Video games, CD’s and Television. He was worked with CBC Radio Orchestra (Now NBO) for two decades and has toured with the Winnipeg and National Ballets and played for Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello Dolly.
Henry Lee, viola, from the Juilliard School in New York has won multiple awards, played in concert halls in the likes of Carnegie Hall, and recorded for Archetype, Bose, New World Records, and Sony Classical labels, achieving Best of the Year and Critics’ Choice awards.
Cellist Finn Manniche from UBC is equally a renowned musician, who can be heard live and on CD with the Armadillo String Quartet, Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore, Cam Wilson’s varying orchestral extravaganzas and much more.
Cameron Wilson is a violinist, composer, and arranger whose works have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles and soloists across Canada and the U.S. He has collaborated with CBC author and storyteller Stuart Mclean and the CBC Radio Orchestra on “History of Canada” and “I Remember Wayne.” Learn more about the Yaletown String Quartet at www.yaletownstringquartet.com.
“The Yaletown String Quartet is very different from a traditional group,” says LCMS artistic director Elizabeth Bergmann. “Their programmes are uniquely their own due to the fact they arrange or compose their own material. This concert is sure to be a surprising and entertaining performance.”
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call the box office at 604-534-2848 or visit langleymusic.com purchase tickets. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.
ABOUT LANGLEY COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships and bursaries.
The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Saturday evening concert featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.
Visit langleymusic.com or call 604-534-2848.